International Space Station Payload Hosting

The Nanoracks External Platform (NREP) provides turnkey communication, power, and operations to hosted payloads mounted on the outside of the International Space Station.

NREP allows for customers to meet technical milestones will reducing mission risk. Hosted payloads are ideal for Earth observation, radiation exposure, sensor platforms, and meeting technology readiness levels.

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External Platform Features

LocationJEM External Facility (ISS)
Form Factor (Active)Five 4U locations
Form Factor (Passive)Four 3U locations
Payload Volume32U total
Mission Lifetime15 weeks (nominal), extension optional
Maximum Capacity35 kg (1 kg/U mass allocation)
Power28 VDC (30W nominal, 50W max per payload)
USB Power5 VDC, 500mA
Nominal TurnoverL-3 Months
Mission CustomizationAvailable by request

More data specifics:

  • USB 2.0 data interface
  • RS-232 style serial communication protocol or TCP/IP networking over USB
  • 480 kbps data rate from Payload to NREP Data Handling System (shared across active payloads)
  • Data streaming for telemetry available
  • <480 kbps available streaming (shared)
  • <10GB/week data storage

Non-standard services and accommodations:

  • Extended mission duration
  • Additional power
  • Additional data services
  • Non-standard form factors